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Explaining Down Syndrome to Children
Deciding how to explain Down syndrome to young children may challenge the beliefs and expectations of adults who see more differences than similarities among children with Down syndrome and their mainstream peers.
Healthy Smiles and Dental Visits
The Winter 2008 Linkages Newsletter featured a focus topic on Oral Health for Children with Special Health Needs, with resource links for dental professionals outlining appropriate treatment, establishing better dental health habits, and preparing children and families for office visits and care
Recognizing Early Signs of Autism
Recognizing early signs of autism helps families find resources and support for very young children with autism spectrum disorders. The autism video glossary shows film clips of autism symptoms, helping families reach professionals to find an earlier diagnosis and early intervention options.
Lack of Sleep and Rest for Caregivers
Losing sleep, having poor quality or interrupted sleep, and unavailable respite care for parents caring for children with special needs adds to health risks
Characters with Disabilities in Movies and TV
Advocates are stepping forward to describe the importance of children with disabilities being represented in movies, commercials, and television shows as main characters as well as casual extras. Seeing children with disabilities in movies, ads and television impacts siblings and mainstream peers.
Wearing Glasses in Early Childhood
Helping a child to learn to wear glasses often requires patience, imagination, and good advice. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent, delay or cure what can develop into serious vision problems for babies and toddlers who are prescribed glasses.
Homeschooling Transition and Childhood Disability
Making a transition into homeschooling from public or private school can find parents questioning their instincts and ability to educate and encourage their own children´s interests and build back their self esteem
Communicating with Babies
Responding to a baby´s cries and filling their needs teaches them that their attempts to communicate work, that they are loved, and that they are surrounded by people who care deeply about them. Successfully interpreting signals and sounds that babies use to communicate can reduce frustration, too.
Winter Storm Preparations for Families
In recent years, severe winter weather has become a serious problem for everyone in our community, especially families of children with special needs. Even with the best planning, recovery may take a long time when weather events cause adverse effects on our communities and homes.
Advocacy and Parent Support
Advocacy for children with special needs can lead us to resource organizations that provide parent education, support and encouragement
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